Billy, you are my hero!
RONALDO, Tevez, Anelka, Lampard, out of the way.Goals galore you may have and many good ones t'boot.But I'll wager none of you have scored as good a goal this season as my man Billy Pryke from Chantry Rangers.
RONALDO, Tevez, Anelka, Lampard, out of the way.
Goals galore you may have and many good ones t'boot.
But I'll wager none of you have scored as good a goal this season as my man Billy Pryke from Chantry Rangers.
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Oh, don't get me wrong, Lamps and co., plenty of good goals among the lot of you - free-kicks, bullet headers, little flicked-in goals, one-one finishes.
But none to match the best goal I've seen scored this season and in a non-league game.
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So step forward Chantry Rangers 'star' Billy Pryke and take a bow.
And before you start shouting, don't anyone give me, Billy who?
There I was Sunday morning in the driving wind and rain at Rushmere Sports Club in Ipswich, having been asked to present Sunday Cup final trophies at the Flare Recruitment League's end of season cup finals.
There were two games taking place, Kirton v Capel Plough in the Senior Cup, which Kirton won 1-0.
And an all-Ipswich estate derby clash between Chantry Phoenix and Chantry Rangers, in the Junior Cup final.
I'm was watching the Chantry and it's 1-0 to Rangers, when down the right-wing goes one of their players.
He doesn't get as far as the by-line, before dinking in a cross towards the penalty spot.
My man Billy weighs up his options, but the ball is coming quite hard and just behind him. So in a split second, he turns and executes the most fantastic overhead kick, I've had the pleasure to witness at grassroots level.
Billy connects perfectly and the keeper is rooted as the ball nestles in the corner of the net.
It's 2-0, and Billy and team-mates are off . . . off the pitch and almost out of the car park, as they celebrate Billy's dream strike.
I'm stunned, what a finish in a Sunday morning game.
Indeed I find myself continuing to clap as the Rangers players (on their way to a 4-1 victory), eventually come back onto the pitch, some looking exhausted by their unrehearsed half-marathon.
I catch a word with the goalscorer at the presentation.
“I'll never get a goal like that again in my life,” Billy proclaims, before the champagne corks explode.
But you won't want to mate. A goal like that in a cup final? Quality.
Retire, hang up your boots I say.
Cheers Billy, the best goal at non-league level I've witnessed this season, well worth the wait.